TALK: Studio SNCDA - Homes for Luxembourg
© Valentin Bansac
The first pandemic of the Anthropocene hardly left a stone unturned. Where decades of promoting the concept of sustainability failed, the spreading virus succeeded in the wink of an eye. The collective experience of being catapulted into a way of living within a limited radius, minimal contacts, and reduced consumption provoked a dramatic shakeup of mindsets. It set a spotlight on the relationship between architecture and land, urban and rural, interior and exterior, home and work/study, built environment and nature. Referring to the title of this year’s Biennale Architettura, ‘How will we live together?’, the exhibition ‘Homes for Luxembourg’ reflects on these dualities. Exhibition curator Sara Noel Costa de Araujo is invited to elaborate on the genesis of the project in a conversation with CIVA's artistic director Nikolaus Hirsch.
The modular installation in the Sale d’Armi – designed by the delegated curator Sara Noel Costa de Araujo (Studio SNCDA) on behalf of the curator and organiser LUCA Luxembourg Center for Architecture – and several contributions to the architecture magazine Accattone explore ways of reversible living, offering a vision for a model of repurposing land as new urban commons, providing new forms of togetherness.
The contributors to this exhibition come from diverse disciplines, and include architects, artists, authors, urban planners, photographers, designers, engineers, curators, researchers, ecologists, developers, lawyers…